Two Filmmakers Discuss Their New Movie, and the Meaning of “Independent”

[Published in The Huffington Post, 6 September, 2012] I met up with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine, 2006) in Locarno, Switzerland after the screening of heir latest film.  Ruby Sparks (2012) portrays a young novelist, Clive (Paul Dano), whose writer’s block leads…

My Morning
with Brian

[Published in London Street-Art Design Issue 9, 2012] Brian Barnes studied at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design from 1961 to 1962 and the Royal College of Art 1962–1966. Based in Battersea, London since 1967, Barnes is known for his large, colourful murals in Battersea…

Media Studies and the Academic Elite

[Published in Quest of a Discipline:  New Academic Directions for Comparative Literature. Cambridge University Press,  Feb 2012] American actor and recent Academy Award co-host, James Franco, has in the past eighteen months been arguably one of the most productive people of celebrity on the planet.  Just…